ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 11, 1977
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(Studio) Two areas of education are being questioned: actual worth of IQ tests and whether high school students should be able to read and write. Both are being put to test.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Miami, Florida) 11th grader Rudy Santin is one of class of junior high school students at Coral Park high school who participate in taking test mandated by state legislature, after it learned many Florida high school grads. could barely read diplomas. Failure of test means student won't get diploma, but certificate of attendance. [SANTIN - says test shouldn't be hard if one has studied since 1st grade.] [Assistant principal Harold LANNOM - thinks society has demanded distinction between those who meet minimum standards and those who don't.] Critics of test say it's culturally unfair, especially to Cuban students for whom English is 2nd language. [Dade Cnty. school superintendent Dr. Johnny JONES - thinks it's all right for test to be used as one part of child's success, but it shouldn't be used in place of teacher judgement. Latter is what he sees being done.] [SANTIN - thinks test' was harder than he expected, and that many who think it might be easy will be surprised and will flunk it.] Predictions of school officials with regard to those who fail test and expected court suits attempting to get test declared invalid noted.
REPORTER: David Snell
(San Francisco, California) Educational discrimination suit has been filed in San Francisco by Public Advocates, Incorporated, claiming standard intelligence quotient tests given by state are racially biased because they fail to take into account the cultural background of blacks. Opening arguments given today. Plaintiffs' star witness is San Francisco State Universitydept. of education head, Asa Hilliard. [HILLIARD - asks if it's fair to use language and experience of one culture to test those from different cultures.] State attorney refuses comment; state is expected to deny discrimination charge by claiming tests are accurate predictors of achievement. Impt. of outcome of trial noted.
REPORTER: Bill Redeker